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Is technology making you a better mum?

I ask because according to a press release from McCann Truth Central 67% of us think it does.  The study published last week says that 40% of online mums write a blog and that these blogs are fundamental to the Mum Economy where knowledge and expertise have become vital currency.  Clearly we are uber powerful. Yep. I knew that. 
In fact so important is technology that 49% of married mums would give up their engagement ring over their personal technology. Not sure I’d go quite that far. As much as I love my devices they don’t have any emotional value beyond the information stored on them which is backed up anyway.

What the report also covers is happiness, and some reassuring stats were uncovered.  Apparently 65% of us are rejecting the ‘myth’ of Supermum. It’s not just me then.  

 But as I read it I was wondering how these two things are linked.  I was wondering if it’s because those of us that turn to technology; the internet, advice from other mums in the form of blogs, or twitter for a question about parenting are actually realists. We know we don’t know it all and our devices help us find someone who does know it pretty quickly.  While this doesn’t make us better mothers it helps us find the answers quicker. Maybe that’s killing our built in resourcefulness, maybe we’ll lose our ability to problem solve because we don’t generally have to. Bit like those cars that park for you (I mean really?)


I’m realistic about technology in our house. Both my girls use my iPad more than I do, both try and swipe the screen of my laptop with their fingers and both watch tv. This is a natural fact of growing up in these times. But more than that I believe that if used in the right way and at the right times it’s actually really helpful. Just because I didn’t have this when I was little doesn’t make it wrong.  When I was little we didn’t have car seats either but no one says they’re a bad invention.  When I was little my mum spent a lot of time on the phone, the only difference was the phone was in the kitchen not with her all the time as it is with me. 


I’m not much of a geek but I do get excited about new devices and new apps that help make my life better and frankly anything that helps me be a better parent has my backing. 


But the BIG drawback to technology is the drain on time. When I had Eliza I spent a lot of time online looking for information, I was permanently on Mumsnet (until I got criticised and ran as fast I could through hyperspace to escape the bullies). But that was it. I was taking information away.  But now I contribute to the content that other mothers and new mothers are searching for. I know from a brief look at my analytics that my posts on dummies are some of the most read. The practical advice posts I write are the real winners, not the wistful laments on being a mother or the conversations I have with my girls.  But I still write them and this takes time. Too much time? Maybe. 


What do you think? Is technology helping you be a better mum or just taking up too much of your time?

(The irony is that this post has taken about an hour to write because my sodding internet connection keeps failing and I keep losing it all.  Technology eh? Great isn’t it).
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  1. I think it’s one of those things where there’s a fine line. Yes, technology can make it easier to find and share information but the danger is that you might end up spending more time on it (because it’s all so easy to access nowadays) that it actually takes time away to have fun and just be silly with your children

  2. Technology and specifically smart phones have bridged the loneliness gap for me – instead of being isolated by being the only working mother on the floor at work and not having other working mothers to talk to, I now have a whole host of online friends who I can catch up with in the free moments in my day and I feel connected to

  3. I don’t think so!!

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